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Offline makkmartono

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2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« on: January 02, 2013, 01:10:40 PM »
Happy new year to you guys!

I thought I share my feelings about my car with you after doing a 2500 mile round trip to Europe.
It was long and tiring, but the car performed really well. It did not put a single beat wrong. It was a mixture of roads, motorway to Munich and then roads in the Alps in snowy and pretty bad conditions. Obviously Germany...you can go for it I only pushed it to 140 mph ;). My car averaged 47 mpg according to my calculations, which I am pretty happy with. Considering high speed driving in Germany and in the Alps I did not put the gear in 5th at all. DPF has been regenerated a good couple of times. I think I only stopped it 2 or 3 times as I smelled that terrible burning smell.
The engine was pretty clean after those salty roads, under tray seems to be doing it's job properly, not like on a Focus.:)
New Vredestein Quatrac Lite tyres were amazing. No noise, very good traction on snow and ice too. I think it is the perfect 4 season solution for our cars in the UK.
The only down side of the 3 Sport is the boot space, but apart from that knowing the type of driving I am doing I wouldn't hesitate for a second to buy another one.
Timing chain became a bit noisier, but with the extended warranty I will be taking out it shouldn't be a problem.
I have done 22k miles now with it and I love it. I have a good couple of stone chips on the bonnet, but what can we do.

Cheers
« Last Edit: January 17, 2013, 04:08:56 PM by makkmartono »
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Offline Vilius

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Re: 2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2013, 10:30:12 AM »
DPF regenerates every 200-300 miles

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Re: 2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013, 08:17:46 PM »
How long will it last that is the question. I only use it on motorways occasionally in town...
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Re: 2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2013, 09:37:20 PM »
Happy new year to you guys!

I thought I share my feelings about my car with you after doing a 2500 mile round trip to Europe.
It was long and tiring, but the car performed really well. It did not put a single beat wrong. It was a mixture of roads, motorway to Munich and then roads in the Alps in snowy and pretty bad conditions. Obviously Germany...you can go for it I only pushed it to 140 mph ;). My car averaged 47 mpg according to my calculations, which I am pretty happy with. Considering high speed driving in Germany and in the Alps I did not put the gear in 5th at all. DPF has been regenerated a good couple of times. I think I only stopped it 2 or 3 times as I smelled that terrible burning smell.
The engine was pretty clean after those salty roads, under tray seems to be doing it's job properly, not like on a Focus.:)
New Vredestein Quatrac Lite tyres were amazing. No noise, very good traction on snow and ice too. I think it is the perfect 4 season solution for our cars in the UK.
The only down side of the 3 Sport is the boot space, but apart from that knowing the type of driving I am doing I wouldn't hesitate for a second to buy another one.
Timing chain became a bit noisier, but with the extended warranty I will be taking out it shouldn't be a problem.
I have done 22k miles now with it and I love it. I have a good couple of stone chips on the bonnet, but what can we do.

Cheers


Get a Ecutek remap and you will love it even more,Makes a good car a great car...

Offline makkmartono

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Re: 2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2013, 10:52:03 PM »
What are the figures mate?;)
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Re: 2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 09:25:07 PM »
mines around 220-225 bhp and 380 ftlb torque according to http://www.corten-miller.co.uk/Chipping/ECUTEK/
when i sent them my data logs i can also reset the oil data so saves a trip to dealer as i don't intend using them for servicing...
Give Tom a ring at the above.He's very helpful and has promptly answeard a lot of emails.
 As the Denso ECU is notouriously difficult to crack Ecutek are the only company to offer a remap for the 2.2 Diesel platform
« Last Edit: February 06, 2013, 09:29:29 PM by NUFC19 »

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Re: 2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2013, 05:24:21 PM »
And what is ur fuel consumption like? Acceleration?
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Re: 2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2013, 05:33:19 PM »
Even hammering it still getting 40 mpg
59 mpg at 65mph no fun that though

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Re: 2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2013, 06:27:32 PM »
That is great, presumingly if I would go for it that would void my warranty, right?
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Re: 2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2013, 09:35:44 PM »
you can return the car back to standard at any time
 Corten Miller will give you your standard map file and the tuned file
you can return the car to it's standard tune if you need to make a warranty claim
which is very rare.
The car would make even more power if it were not for the dpf.
But then you go into clutch slipp etc
they are working on a dpf removal,but i intend keeping mine
To be honest the car is quick enough...

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Re: 2500 miles round trip to the Alps
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2013, 09:35:44 PM »